July 13, 1937 - November 6, 2020
Elizabeth A. “Betty” Gratner, 83, of Rensselaer, Ind., passed away Friday, November 6, 2020. She was born on July 13, 1937 to Edward and Laura (Asher) Sands. Betty graduated from Tefft High School, one of the seven members of the Class of 1955. On June 23, 1956, she married George E. Gratner, who preceded her in death on July 11, 2001. Elizabeth loved being a homemaker and a farmer’s wife. She was also a licensed cosmetologist when she wasn’t raising her family. Betty was well known for her homemade noodles and cinnamon rolls. She enjoyed helping her 4-H “kids” with their ceramic projects. She also loved to play euchre. Betty was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Rensselaer, Ind. And, a past member of the Mt. Ayr United Methodist Church. Betty is survived by her daughter, Marsha Gratner of Rensselaer, IN; brother Paul (Nancy) Sands of Syracuse, Ind, sister in laws, Beverly (Gerald) Sands of Peatone, IL, Mary Standish, Rensselaer, Ind. and Carole (David) Spurgeon of Trafalger, Ind.; brother in laws Wayne (Sandy) Gratner, and Robert (Peggy) Gratner of Rensselaer as well as many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. She will be missed dearly by her family and close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Kenneth D. Gratner, brothers, Robert “Bob” Przybylski and Gerald Sands, and sisters, Mary Jane Sands and Maude Zbrowski. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 10:30 AM at Smith Cemetery in Rensselaer with Pastor Dennis Morros officiating. Social distancing will be observed and masks must be worn at all services due to the current pandemic. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Betty’s honor may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church.
Elizabeth A. “Betty” Gratner, 83, of Rensselaer, Ind., passed away Friday, November 6, 2020. She was born on July 13, 1937 to Edward and Laura (Asher) Sands. Betty graduated from Tefft High School, one of the seven members of... View Obituary & Service Information
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